Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday dissolved the country’s parliament ahead of next month’s presidential and parliamentary elections, Report informs via Xinhua.

During an event at parliamentary chambers in the capital city Kigali, Kagame thanked the outgoing lawmakers for their work.

Under Rwanda’s Constitution, the president dissolves parliament at least 30 days and not more than 60 days before the end of the parliamentary term.

This legislature was inaugurated in 2018 for a five-year term. It was supposed to end its mandate in 2023 but its term was extended following a constitutional amendment, allowing presidential and parliamentary elections to take place on the same day.